The Divine Institutes, Books I–VII (The Fathers of the Church, Volume 49)
Publication Year: 2010
Published by: The Catholic University of America Press
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Lucius Caelius (Caecilius) Firmianus, or Lactantius, as he is generally called, lived through one of the greatest turning points in the history of Europe. It has been aptly described as the moment when the old world of paganism was in travail, when against its will it gave birth to the Christian Empire.1 ...
The Divine Institutes
The principal work of Lactantius, the Divine Instructions, might be entitled An Introduction to the True Religion. This apology for Christianity, directed to pagan intellectuals or to those recently converted, consists of two parts: the one polemical, which is very short; ...
Book I: On False Religion
Whenever men of great and excellent character gave themselves completely to a doctrine, they bore whatever labor could be expended in despising all things, even private and public concerns, for the pursuit of searching after truth. It was their belief that to investigate and learn the reason of things human and divine ...
Book II: The Origin of Error
Although I have shown in Book I that the religions of the gods are false, because those, whose varied and dissimilar cults men have adopted by custom, consent, and foolish conviction throughout the world, were mortal and, having discharged their lot in life, were molded to divine usage at their death; ...
Book III: On False Philosophy
Since it is thought to be still lying in obscurity, either through the error and inexperience of the common people in subservience to varied and foolish superstitions, or through the philosophers who are distorting it rather than making it clear by the depravity of their abilities ...
Book IV: True Wisdom and Religion
It seems to me, as I think about it and often reconsider it in my mind, that that former state of the human race is equally strange and unbecoming, because, through the foolishness of one age or generation taking up various religions and believing that there are many gods, ...
Book V: Concerning Justice
There is no doubt in my mind that if anyone of those foolishly religious persons, as they are exceedingly intolerant of superstition, should come upon this work of ours in which claim is made for that singular Creator of all things and the Ruler of this immense universe, ...
Book VI: On True Worship
Under the instruction of the Divine Spirit and with the aid of Truth Itself, we have completed the duty of the work which we undertook. Science and the and Our Lord Himself imposed upon me the cause of investigating and revealing the truth. ...
Book VII: On the Blessed Life
It holds well; the foundations have been laid,1 as the distinguished orator says. We have not only laid the foundations which were firm and suitable for completing the work, but we have brought the entire structure almost up to its conclusion by great and vigorous efforts. ...
Page Count: 587
Publication Year: 2010
OCLC Number: 867796356
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